Books authored or co-authored by Arjo Klamer
Het verhaal van geld

Doet het ertoe of we met guldens of euro’s betalen? Geld is een mysterie. We kunnen niet zonder, we willen er meer van, maar begrijpen we wel wat geld is, welke prijs het heeft, hoe het ontstaat en hoe het werkt? Het verhaal van geld ontmaskert het mysterie, kort en bondig. Klamer en Van Dalen vertellen over het ontstaan van geld, over de symbolische betekenissen ervan en onthullen hoe geld gecreëerd wordt en welke rol het speelt in de economie. Geld, zo blijkt, is meer dan een rekeneenheid of een betaalmiddel: geld is ook een symbool van gemeenschap. De nieuwe serie Weten wil informeren over onderwerpen op het gebied van de geesteswetenschappen in de meest ruime zin. Per deel...

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The value of culture On the relationship between economics and arts

Culture manifests itself in everything human, including the ordinary business of everyday life. Culturally-determined values influence negotiations in the marketplace, and conflicting values and unshared codes may thwart the development of local or international markets. But economic values also constrain art and culture. Resources are limited, both for artists and for cultural institutions. Even ‘priceless art’ has its price. Arts sponsorship and subsidies suggest a value that exceeds market price. So what is the real value of culture?

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Telgen van Tinbergen Het verhaal van de Nederlandse economen

“It is a little superfluous for any foreigner to come to Rotterdam to lecture about economics at all. I feel a bit like a 17th century New England smuggler lecturing on seamanship to Admiral Tromp. The trade in economics nowadays is as much the other way: we send our young men to Rotterdam to learn, not our middle-aged professors to teach. Indeed some of our best middle-aged professors are named Koopmans and Houthakker! I suppose the logic of the situation is that I am not import at all; I am to be processed and re-exported, like cocoa beans.” — Robert M. Solow in 1963 when visiting the Rotterdam School of Economics.

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Dutch welfare, a case apart

“The American students were perplexed. They had come over from a prestigious Southern university to take a summer course in Dutch economics. Exploring the coffeeshops in Amsterdam they noticed a large number of adult men on the streets in broad daylight. The reason must be unemployment, they figured. Then they found out about … “

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The Making of An Economist

Graduate schools have reputations that rub off on their Ph.D.’s. Where you went to school is a signal of what type of an economist you are. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is known for attracting the best students. A Ph.D. from MIT, therefore, means something like, “Ah, she must be bright.” MIT is also known as solidly neoclassical with a Keynesian slant. Its Ph.D.’s are expected to be just that. Chicago stands for a conservative tradition in economics. Hearing “Chicago,” most economists will think, “Oh, one of the Gary Becker-George Stigler-Robert Lucas crowd.” (Older Ph.D.’s will evoke the reaction “Milton Friedman.”) Ph.D.’s from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will bring “radical” to mind, because that is the reputation...

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The consequences of economic rethoric

The field of economics proves to be a matter of metaphor and storytelling — its mathematics is metaphoric and its policy making is narrative. Economists have begun to realize this and to rethink how they speak. This volume is the result of a conference held at Wellesley College, involving both theoretical and applied economists, that explored the consequences of the rhetoric and the conversation of the field of economics.

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Conversations with economists

New Classical Economists and Opponents Speak Out on the Current Controversy in Macroeconomics. Published in England under the title The New Classical Macroeconomics: Conversations with New Classical Economists and Their Opponents. Wheatsheaf, 1984. Translated into Japanese, French, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.

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